Amazing Audiobooks Nominations
Updated October 9, 2013
Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2013 Nominations
Ali-Karamali, Sumbul. Growing Up Muslim: Understand the Beliefs and Practices of Islam. Listening Library, 2013; 9780804123570; 21.95. Beginning with food and using this lens as a way to introduce religious beliefs and practices, Sumbul Ali-Karamali shares her own struggles and experiences both as a American Muslim and as an East-Indian American.
Bacigalupi, Paolo. Zombie Baseball Beatdown. Listening Library, 2013; 9780804166782; 35. Rabi, Miguel, and Joe decide to launch a stealth investigation into the meatpacking plant near their baseball field, unknowingly discovering a corporation's greedy plot that has intervertently caused a zombie apocalypse.
Bennett, Sophia. Look, The. Recorded Books, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781464015151; $66.75. When she is spotted by a modeling agency and her beautiful sister falls seriously ill, gangly fifteen-year-old Edwina "Ted" Trout must choose between fame and family.
Block, Francesca Lia. Love in the Time of Global Warming. Brilliance Audio, 2013; 9781469270715; 14.99. In a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, Penelope seeks out her lost family in a journey with parallels to the Odyssey.
Brooks, Max. World War Z: The Complete Edition: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Listening Library, 2013; 9780449807897; 25. After the zombie plague that nearly eradicated the human race, a reporter travels the world to personally interview key participants.
Cameron, Sharon. Dark Unwinding, The. Scholastic Audiobooks, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780545622882; $27.99. 17-year-old Katherine is dispatched by her Aunt to travel to Stranwyne Keep to have her Uncle Tully committed before he squanders the family fortune.
Carriger, Gail. Etiquette & Espionage. Hachette Audio, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781619693166; $17.98. Sophronia's mother is exasperated with her unladylike behavior, and has threatened to send her to become a vampire drone. But unexpectedly Sophronia is recruited to a mysterious finishing school, that turns out to be a place for spies and assassins...
Carson, Rae. Crown of Embers. Recorded Books, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781464049309; $108.75. Queen Elisa, a newly crowned monarch, possesses a Godstone implanted in her navel that gives her special abilities if she can discover how to yield its power.
Colfer, Eoin. Warp: The Reluctant Assassin (Book 1). Listening Library, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780804123372; $45.00. After Victorian orphan Riley is transported to modern day, he and teen FBI agent (in name only) Chevie have to figure out what and who is behind an evil magician who knows all the secrets to the FBI's Witness Anonymous Relocation Program.
de la Pena, Matt. We Were Here. Brilliance Audio, 2013; 9781480524590; 19.99. Miguel has done something so bad, he can’t even admit it to himself. Now he is in a group home and writing a journal. He meets Mong and Rondell, who also have serious problems, and together they run away, to a presumably independent life in Mexico.
Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. Dreamscape Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781624061714; $36.99. The classic Christmas story about Ebeneezer Scrooge and his encounter with the Christmas spirits.
Fforde, Jasper. Last Dragonslayer, The. Brilliance Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781455858286; $14.99. 15-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam Mystical Arts Management, an employment agency for magicians--but it's hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world's last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If that's true, everything will change for Kazam--and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as...Big Magic.
Forman, Gayle. Just One Day. Penguin Audio, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781101601709; $29.95. On a European tour with her best friend the summer before they start college, Allyson decides to take a risk and her life is changed forever.
Forster, Miriam. City of a Thousand Dolls. Listening Library, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385361392; $126.95. Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives in a city of abandoned girls, trained by their adopted House to provide a skill such as music or pleasure for their eventual purchase for marriage or service. Yet Nisha is unaffiliated with a House, and serves as the eyes and ears of the city’s Matron, who enlists Nisha’s help to uncover a series of murders.
Funke, Cornelia. Fearless (A Mirrorworld Novel). Listening Library, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780307583321; $40.00. Now that Will, Jacob Reckless’s brother, was safe at home and free of the Goyle curse it was now time to try to lift the fairy’s curse and save himself but time was running out.
Gantos, Jack. From Norvelt to Nowhere. MacMillan Audio, 2013; 9781427233134; 29.99. In the sequel to Dead End in Norvelt, young Jack takes a trip with one of his daffy neighbors, leading to more adventure and mayhem.
Gardner, Sally. Maggot Moon. Brilliance Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781469274959; $22.99. After the disappearance of his best friend, a dyslexic boy stands up to the totalitarian regime that controls every aspect of his life.
Hirsch, Jeff. Darkest Path, The. Scholastic Audiobooks, 2013; 9780545600354; 21. A civil war is raging in the United States between what's left of the US government and the Glorious Path, a religious fundamentalist group determined to convert the country. Callum Roe and his brother James were kidnapped by the Path six years ago, at the start of the war. When his attempt to save a stray dog leads to a murder, Callum goes on the run, trying finally return to his parents while war rages across the country.
Hobbs, Will. Never Say Die. Recorded Books, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781470322496; $46.75. Nick has never met his half-brother Ryan Powers, the famous nature photographer, until he is asked to join Ryan on a rafting trip down the Firth River in search for a large caribou herd.
Horowitz, Anthony. Oblivion: Book 5 of the Gatekeepers. Recorded Books, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781470357832; $108.75. In this final book, the five Gatekeepers have been scattered across the globe and must battle evil and rush to reconnect so they can defeat the Old Ones.
Howard, Chris. Rootless. Scholastic Audiobooks, 2012; 9780545530453; 17.95. Though he has never seen a real tree, 17-year-old Banyan builds them out of scrap metal for the rich, eventually joining forces with the pirate, Alpha, in search of the mythological place where the last of the real trees exist.
Johnson, Maureen. Madness Underneath, The: Shades of London. Brilliance Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781441866431; $24.99. In this second book in the series, Rory finds out she is something special and many people want to help her or take advantage of her.
Kindl, Patrice. Keeping the Castle. Recorded Books, 2013; 9781470341954; 17.95. 17 year old Althea feels it is upon her shoulders to find herself a wealthy suitor, who will fix up the rickety faux "castle" that is her four year old brother's inheritance. Of course this task is not as straightforward as she might wish, and her judgement limited by her not-so-worldly youth.
Kizer, Amber. Matter of Days, A. Listening Library, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385368209; $50.00.Nadia and her younger brother, Rabbit embark on a dangerous cross-country journey after a worldwide pandemic takes the life of their mother.
Klavan, Andrew. Crazy Dangerous. Brilliance Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781469262208; $59.97. Preacher's kid Sam runs headlong into trouble, hanging out with the car-thieving thugs. He saves himself from getting into real trouble defending a strange, "crazy" girl named Jennifer. But soon Jennifer's visions of demons and her prophecies threaten to land him in more trouble than ever.
Kraus, Daniel. Scowler. Listening Library, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385368377; $45.00. A chance prison break and meteorites hurl ex-convict Marvin Burke back to his family to terrorize his wife, his daughter and especially, his son, Ry. Meanwhile Ry battles his own demons in the form of the "unnamed three," toys that saved him from his father's terrible grip years earlier.
La Valley, Josanne. Vine Basket, The. Listening Library, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385363884; $20.00. Set in Hotan, young Mehrigul makes baskets to sell at the market. One day, an American woman buys one of her baskets for a large sum and asks that Mehrigul make more baskets for her to purchase when the she returns in three weeks. Mehrigul must face many obstacles to create these baskets, including a domineering father and the threat of being sent to work in a factory in China.
LaFevers, Robin. Dark Triumph. Recorded Books, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781464023941; $31.49 Sybella is the storyteller in this exciting and dark, second installment of His Fair Assassins.
Lane, Andrew. Black Ice. Macmillan Audio, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780374387693; $17.99. At the request of his older brother, Mycroft, young Sherlock Holmes accompanies him on a diplomatic journey to Russia.
Larbalesier, Justine & Brennan, Sarah Rees. Team Human. Listening Library, 2012; ISBN 13: 9780804121651; $55.00. Mel lives in a small town founded by vampires. Now her best friend Cathy who has fallen head over heels with Francis, the new vampire on campus. Adding to that zombies, suspicious principals, upset friends, and a new crush, Mel has problems.
Larson, Kirby. Hattie Ever After. Listening Library, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780449015261; $30.00. Hattie has paid off her debt and feels that opportunity is at her fingertips. When a traveling theater troupe needs a new costume girl, Hattie jumps at the chance to join them on their way to San Francisco.
Levithan, David. Two Boys Kissing. Listening Library, 2013; 9780804123730; 35. An unseen chorus of gay men who died of AIDS watches with wonder, worry, and joy over a number of gay teens, each struggling with life in their own way.
McGinnis, Mindy. Not a Drop to Drink. Harper Audio, 2013; 9780062298843; 19.95. In Lynn's world, water is scarce and it is all about survival. Living on an isolated farm, Lynn and her mother have a reliable source for water, but take nothing for granted. When tragedy strikes, Lynn is left on her own and must decide whether she wants to keep fighting alone or accept the love and help of others, despite the risks.
McKinley, Robin. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast. Recorded Books, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781470360238; $51.75. When Beauty's father loses the family fortune, they are forced to move from their grand house in the city, to a faraway village near a dark wood. They are warned never to go in the wood, for it is enchanted, but one night coming home in a snowstorm her father loses his way...
Moriarty, Jaclyn. Corner of White, The. Scholastic Audiobooks, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780545631617; $30.00 Two teens find a connection by exchanging messages through a gap between two worlds, where color storms and a missing father affect both Madeline in Cambridge and Elliott in the fantastical mysterious Kingdom of Cello.
Motion, Andrew. Silver: Return to Treasure Island. Dreamscape Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781611207651; $59.99. Jim Hawkins (junior) is lured away from his father's tavern and stories of adventure by the beautiful daughter of the supposedly reformed pirate, Long John Silver.
Myers, Walter Dean. Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary. AudioGo, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781935430957; $49.95. The man known as Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska. This biography covers the entire span of his life, from his father's association with Marcus Garvey to Malcolm's assassination in 1965 and his enduring legacy.
Park, Jessica. Flat-Out Love. Brilliance Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781469253053; $49.97. Julie arrives in Boston for her freshman year of college, but a Craigslist snafu leaves her without an apartment. Her mother’s college roommate offers her a spare room and Julie becomes embroiled in a family with secrets, falling for the out-of-town son online, caring for the 13-year-old sister with quirky eccentricities, and bantering with the nerdy at-home college-aged son.
Parker, Amy Christine. Gated. Listening Library, 2013; 9780804123297; 29.95. Lyla and her family have lived in the ‘community’ as one of the Chosen to escape the evil of the world, but a chance encounter with an Unchosen boy makes Lyla question Pioneer’s true motives and his deadline for the End of Days.
Patterson, James. Confessions of a Murder Suspect. Hatchette Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781619691964; $22.98. Tandy's parents have been murdered and she was one of the last people to see them alive.
Pearson, Mary E. Fox Forever. Macmillan Audio, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781427215178; $39.99. Locke gets drawn into a plot to rescue a man, that ends up being much more complicated (and romantic) than he signed up for, and weaves together pieces of his past.
Pierson, D.C. Crap Kingdom. AudioGo, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781624600708; $65.69. Tom, a high school drama nerd, is transported to another world where he discovers he is the Chosen One, but is disappointed that the title does not give him the usual perks: magical powers, cool sword, beautiful princess and an awesome quest and dubs the new world, "Crap Kingdom."
Pratchett, Terry. Dodger. Dreamscape Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781611209723; $59.99. The orphan Dodger is a tosher, a profession that is part sewer rat, part finder of lost items, who makes his living pawing through the sewers of Victorian London in search of valuables. His life takes a sudden turn when he rescues a young woman being assaulted, and he goes from being a rascal to hero.
Quick, Matthew. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Hachette Audio, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781478979777; $22.98. On his 18th birthday Leonard cuts off all his hair, wraps up a set of gifts for the people who mean the most to him, and packs his grandfather's P38 nazi pistol in his bag, determined to kill his former best friend and then himself.
Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. Listening Library, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385368285; $50.00. Two outsiders - big, red-haired Eleanor and quiet, punk-loving, half-Korean Park - fall in love in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1986.
Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. Listening Library, 2013; 9780804121309; 60. As Cath begins her freshman year in college, she continues writing her fanfic for the Simon Snow series to help deal with her anxiety issues of being separated from her father and twin sister, Wren who has been a contant stabilizing force for her until now.
Rudnick, Paul. Gorgeous. Scholastic Audiobooks, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780545585224; $34.99. World famous designer Tom Kelly claims he can make plain-Jane orphan Becky the most beautiful woman in the world, and all she has to do is wear three dresses...
Schmidt, Gary D. What Came From the Stars. Recorded Books, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781470339777; $66.75. Two stories woven together—one of a noble race of beings under siege in a world far away and another about ordinary sixth-grader, Tommy Pepper, whose family is struggling after the death of the mother.
Sepetys, Ruta. Out of the Easy. Penguin Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781101601723; $29.95. Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in the 1950's, Out of the Easy tells the hard luck story of Josie whose prostitute mother is rotten to the core.
Sheinkin, Steve. Bomb: The Race to Build -and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon. Listening Library, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780804122217; $39.00. In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents.
Smith, Hilary T.. Wild Awake. Harper Audio, 2013; 9780062268266; 19.95. When seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd’s parent’s leave her alone for 6 weeks to practice her piano, she discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy all triggered by an unexpected phone call.
Stohl, Margaret. Icons. Hachette Audio, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781478952107; $39.98. Dol, Ro, Tima and Lucas are thrown together, children of the Icons. Are they the answer to freeing the world?
Stone, Tanya Lee. Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles America's First Black Paratroopers. Brilliance Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781469262574; $54.97. The heart wrenching yet courageous story of the Triple Nickels, the first black paratroop squadron during WWII.
Taylor, Laini. Days of Blood and Starlight. Hachette Audio, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781619691988; $26.98. Karou's grief over losing her adopted family has given her such a deep need for revenge that she has aligned herself with her former enemy, The White Wolf, and let herself be bullied and shamed into becoming a monster producing tool of the rebels.
Vawter, Vince. Paperboy. Listening Library, 2013; 9780804167956; 20. Growing up in Memphis in 1959, an eleven-year-old boy who struggles with stuttering takes over his good friend's paper route. In doing so, he is forced to talk more than usual and also encounters many interesting neighbors that leave a indelible impression on the young man.
Winnacker, Susanne. Impostor. Listening Library, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780804123846; $50.00. As a variant, Tessa can morph into Madison, one of the victims of a serial killer terrorizing a small Oregon town that the FEA (Forces with Extraordinary Abilities), a secret branch of the FBI, is trying to catch.
Yovanoff, Brenna. Paper Valentine. Listening Library, 2013; 9780804121972; 24. Haunted by the ghost of her anorexic best friend, Hannah uses her ability to communicate with the beyond to hunt down a serial killer stalking young girls in her town.